Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster
28 rue Munster, L-2160 Grund- Luxembourg,
Salle Robert Krieps,
Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2024 at 19.30
Tickets: 20 Euros (student 12 Euros) - on sale in autumn 2023
The Berliner Grundtheater e.V. (BGT) was founded in Berlin in 1991 and is dedicated to producing a wide range of English-language plays, while integrating players of different nationalities. In addition to playing many seasons in Berlin, the company has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Anglo-German Festivals in Germany, and is now based permanently in Luxembourg.
The BGT repertoire includes shows by authors as varied as Peter Shaffer, Anthony Minghella, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare. The company also produces original scripts, such as adaptations of JANE EYRE (2010), LITTLE WOMEN (2014) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2016) and in January 2020 it premiered June Lowery's CHARLES DICKENS, THE BEST OF MEN; THE WORST OF MEN. The company is especially committed to promoting theatre for female actors and writers who are under-represented in the theatre and performance world. Shows like WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (2019), PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (2018) DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH (2020) and THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE (2021), WE HAPPY FEW (2021) and most recently DI AND VIV AND ROSE (2022) all featured mostly - if not only - women actors as part of the company's policy to put women centre stage.
Combined with its policy of promoting plays by and about women, in recent years the company has also focused on promoting young performers and traineee or aspiring actors who are hoping to work in theatre. It is a co-sponsor of FEST (The FESTIVAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL THEATRE) which takes place every second year in Luxembourg (https://www.fest.lu/) and in 2019 started a summer programme giving trainee actors a contract to work on a show. Our recent production of the new play I CAN'T TELL YOU ... BUT YOU FEEL, performed in April 2023, and our next show, DAISY PULLS IT OFF (scheduled for March 2024) continue these policies.
BGT English Language Theatre
DAISY PULLS IT
a comedy by
13th - 16th March 2024
Salle Robert Krieps,
Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg
This production of “Daisy Pulls It Off” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. (www.concordtheatricals.co.uk)
A huge hit in London’s west-end in the 1980s, “DAISY PULLS IT OFF” is a comic parody of the popular girls' school adventure stories of the 1930s (especially Enid Blyton’s “Mallory Towers” series), while simulataneously poking fun at the ridiculous pomposity of traditional “British” attitudes at that time.
Daisy Merdith, a poor elementary school girl, wins a scholarship to the elite “Grangewood School for Girls”. She proves talented, dedicated, popular and adventurous. But the vain and elitist Sybil Burlington and her sidekick Monica Smithers dislike her intensely. They fear that having a “common” scholarship girl at the school will ruin the reputation of the school … and they plan to get rid of her.
Meanwhile, the school faces bigger problems. The Beaumont family, who own the building, are facing financial ruin. Their only chance would be to find the legendary lost “Beaumont Treasure”. Daisy and her friend Trixie vow to find the treasure and to save the school – but soon become aware that the mysterious music teacher is also searching for it. What is she planning? And what secret is the reclusive groundsman Mr Thmposon hiding. Whatever is going on, it certainly can’t be good!
Can Daisy find the treasure before anyone else gets to it? Can she escape the evil plots of Sybil and Monica? Can she survive a dangerous cliff-top rescue? And most importantly, can she help Grangewood to win the hockey championship for the first time? To find out, jolly well come along to see it in March 2024!
More information & tickets will be available from autmn 2023. Watch this space!
THE CAST & CREW OF "DAISY PULLS IT OFF"
FIRST REHEARSAL - 17th September 2023
(from left to right)
BACK ROW: Alexandra Manafova, Cara O'Sullivan, Cheryl Fairon, Kim Birel, Catriona Gillham, June Lowery, Lindsay Wegleitener & Bjørn Clasen
FRONT ROW: Josie Hatch, Cailin Reiff, Elise Capy-Pietrzak, Caeli Colgan, Kalina Koeva, Rewa Jain & Hanne Siebens
MISSING: Jessica Whiteley
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAST:
I CAN'T TELL YOU... BUT YOU FEEL IT
A new play, based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson
by Eloïse Heger-Hedløy
EMILY DICKINSON (1830 - 1886) is one of the most influential poets of the modern age - but in her lifetime her name was unknown and her poetry largely unpublished. Only after her death, when her sister found and published bundles of her poems, was she recognised as a unique, innovative and powerful poet. After her death, the essayist and liberal reformer Thomas Wentworth Higginson (to whom she had sent some of her poems in 1862) wrote: "The impression of a wholly new and original poetic genius was as distinct on my mind at the first readings ... as it is now ". He judged her poetry "remarkable" but "too delicate" to publish. So, for her lifetime she remained an unacknowledged, single woman in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Inspired by Emily's life and the nearly 1,800 poems she wrote, 18-year-old Eloïse Heger-Hedløy explores the question of what makes a poet? Where does poetry come from? Does the poet chase it, or does it just emerge fully-formed in the mind. Scenes of her mundane, if chaotic, home life contrast with the creative, imaginary world she inhabits in the safety of her room as her poems take shape.
However, lurking in the darkness is the tempting, but somehow terrifying promise of “fame”. The lure of achieving celebrity begins to, literally, haunt her. The question of why she writes starts to threaten her peace of mind and even her grip on reality. In the strict social atmosphere of 19th century New England, a woman's place was the home. What chance could there be for a ground-breaking woman poet to be heard? But what is the value of a poem if it is unread? What is the point of being a poet if you're not known? Who is the poet writing for? Moving from scenes of comedy to moments of dark threat, the play looks at Emily's (and perhaps every poet's) struggle with these questions.
The BGT Theatre Company is delighted to have the opportunity to present this new and experimental piece of work by a young and promising writer and actress. Helping to develop the text through a series of workshops during the summer of 2022, this is the latest BGT play to put WOMEN CENTRE STAGE and to encourage young, new talent.
Kim Birel, Bjørn Clasen, Maya Fish, Eloïse Heger-Hedløy, Kalina Koeva
June Lowery, Ana Maia, & Lindsay Wegleitner
Lighting: Amplitude.lu Directed by Tony Kingston
Special thanks to Jean-Claude Hemmer and the staff of the Lycée Michel Rodange, Luxembourg for making this show possible.
RTL TODAY RADIO:
by ALFONSO SALGUEIRO
RADIO ARA - Interview with Students acting at FEST 2022 (Podcast)
will be holding auditions on 24th April for
TOM AND THE MAGIC DOOR
More info at:
THE NEW WORLD THEATRE CLUB
LAST CHANCE SALOON
by Shari Gledhill
Read the "culture.lu" article on "The Road to Huntsville" and the role of women in theatre